What You'll Find Here

I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for almost twenty years now. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, June 09, 2012

Why Do I Journal?

It's a question that I get asked again and again. Why do you keep an art journal? 

I equate creating with breathing. It's something that I have to do. I'm compelled and driven to do it. There's something to be said about making and keeping art in book form vs. hanging it on the wall, selling it, etc... 

Years ago when I found out that there was more than one way to keep a journal, I quickly became hooked. I like the idea of having a permanent record of how one evolves not only as an artist but also as a human being. We're constantly changing (hopefully for the better) so it's nice to be able to see it, to be able to hold it in your hands. (I date all of my pages so that I can see how I've changed be it a week, month, year, etc...) It's interesting to go back periodically and see your pages in a new light. (I don't believe in good or bad pages. My feeling is that as long as they're authentic and you keep it real, they're all good.)

I use my art journal as a place to experiment, explore, process and document. It's my playground. It's my safe place to ask myself, "What if I try this?" I use it to vent, to process and to dialogue. At times I really don't know what I'd do without it.

I don't need to feel inspired or to glean a bit from some invisible muse to want to work in my journal. I crack my book open and start working in it. I struggle sometimes but I force myself to work through the struggle. I'm more interested in asking questions with myself and trying to answer them on the page than I am with pretty, perfect pages. I like the push pull that comes with working in an art journal. There's a certain freedom there. I'm making art for ME. I'm not making art to sell. I'm not making art to hang on the wall. I don't care what other folks think about what I show and express on the pages. I do care about what *I* think when I'm done with a page. I always try to ask myself if I've said and shown everything that's going through my head at the moment. If I can honestly say yes then I'll move on. If I can't, I'll push and pull some more until I can't do anything else with it. Then I turn the page and move on (after all, I have a whole book to finish.)

It's not a fad for me nor is it a craft. It's a passion and a driving force for me. Working in an art journal keeps me happy and sane. It's helped to open my eyes on how I see myself and the world around me. I can't imagine my life without it.

So, all that said, why do you keep an art journal? Think about it. Use it as a prompt for your next page if you want. I'd love to hear your two cents.


Mariposa said...

I waxed poetic on this topic a few months back and you know I agree with this 100%

Kari Desi said...

Hi Kelly! I just recently found your blog and I love your philosophy for art journaling. You bring up such important points about being true to one's own expression. My own reasons for art journaling are very much the same. I too, have journaled since I was young,moved on to scrapbooking, teaching classes for 8 years. I loved it but I needed more...more color, more and different materials to work with, more creativity and freedom to express my thoughts and feelings. It was a natural progression to move to art journaling. Thank you for such a thoughtful post and encouraging people to make their journals their own expression. Cheers!

Michelle Gregory said...

i feel the same way about writing. i've kept many journals over the years, but none of them were artistic (beyond doodling). i decided to start an art journal because i liked the idea of combining journaling with paper arts.

Carol said...

For sanity! Pure sanity! So well said Kelly.